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Developing "Skin Shields"

 "Skin Shields" are the result of almost 2 years work but to be honest, that work was purely to solve my own problem - dealing with the blisters and torn skin on my daughters feet. No amount of "breaking in" or "out of the box" heavy shoes seemed to make a difference to the state of her feet.  I had hoped there would be a simple and straightforward solution, after all, there are any amount of socks and fibres available to runners and hikers.  While that is true, we still needed to develop a proto-type sock, find a manufacturer who would make it, test it with dancers and test it again, just to be sure!  We were delighted when an...

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Where it began....

As a mother of an Irish dancer, I loved the true representation of competitive Irish dancing in the movie 'Jig' and the various documentaries in recent years.  I had become so frustrated at the perception held by those outside the community of Irish dance that it was only about expensive costumes, wigs and fake tan.  Its not... Well it is -but only for a very short period of time!  What's truly important is what leads up to that moment when a dancer steps on stage and showcases their skill and expertise; those hours and hours of practice, training, physio, injury, recovery, disappointment, heartache, quickly followed by elation and celebration.   In 2013, I sat in the Royal Concert Hall in...

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